BROTHER STABBED WHILE PROTECTING HIS SISTER IN LA MESA, REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION WITH CHEST WOUND

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May 20, 2013 (La Mesa) – A man who reportedly choked his girlfriend until she lost consciousness and threw her against a closet is under arrest for stabbing his girlfriend’s brother.  

La Mesa Police received a report of the stabbing at 1:43 a.m. in the 7100 block of Waite Drive.  When officers arrived, they found the brother, 21, lying near a sidewalk and rendered treatment. A perimeter was set up and the suspect, Mark Hernandez Cervantes, 28, of San Diego surrendered shortly after.

During the investigation, officers learned of the altercation between the suspect and his girlfriend prior to the stabbing.  When she regained consciousness, the victim called her mother, who came to the apartment with the young woman’s brother.  The female victim did not require medical attention. 

According to police, the brother and the suspect argued inside the apartment. At some point, the suspect grabbed a knife and allegedly stabbed the brother in the chest and leg. The victim was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

According to the hospital, the victim is in critical but stable condition at this time. The suspect was arrested on the following charges and booked at San Diego County Jail.

Cervantez is being charged with:

245(a)(1) PC- Assault with a Deadly Weapon

245(a)(4) PC- Assault with Intent to Cause Great Bodily Injury

273.5(a) PC- Domestic Violence

422 PC- Criminal Threats

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com).  You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.